West Yorkshire Combined
Authority has secured £1.9m of Government funding to support an increase in
ultra-low emission electric taxi and private hire operation on local roads
Eighty-eight dedicated taxi
and private hire charge points will be installed at key public transport and
taxi operation sites across West Yorkshire, thanks to the Combined Authority’s successful
bid to the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)
West Yorkshire Combined
Authority Transport Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield said:
“This funding will enable to the Combined
Authority to roll out dedicated charging point infrastructure across
West Yorkshire, which is forecast to result in 500 diesel taxis and private
hire vehicles being converted to hybrid and pure electric versions by 2020.
change would improve Nitrogen Dioxide emissions by as much as 18%, which is in line with the our Strategic Economic Plan’s target of developing
Clean Energy and Environmental Resilience for Leeds City Region.”
major private hire and taxi firms across West Yorkshire provided letters of
support for the Combined Authority’s bid and local councils are encouraging
other operators and partners to make the switch to ULEV and collectively help
to reduce transport emissions across West Yorkshire.
West Yorkshire suffers from
significant areas of poor air quality and Leeds will be one of five UK cities
implementing Clean Air Zones in 2020 that will affect taxi and private hire
vehicles operating in Leeds. Last month the Combined Authority Transport Committee
endorsed the adoption of the West Yorkshire Low Emission Strategy (WYLES)
developed jointly with the five West Yorkshire District Councils and Public
Health England to reduce harmful emissions from transport and other sources.
Cllr Wakefield continued:
“This latest development will add to the range of projects the Combined
Authority has already carried out to alleviate air pollution and reduce local carbon
“Last year we opened two new rail stations, at Apperley Bridge and
Kirkstall Forge with a third open shortly at Low Moor, enabling more people to
travel more sustainably.
“Elland Road Park and Ride is already taking traffic off Leeds city
centre streets and recently we doubled its size to 800 spaces. Another 1000
space Park and Ride is due to open at Temple Green in east Leeds in June.
Electric vehicles can be charged at both sites.
“Thanks to successful bids for DfT funding the Combined Authority’s
fleet of yellow school buses has been fitted with clean bus technology and last
year our Access Bus fleet also went ‘green’. And we are working with local bus
operators to ensure their vehicles meeting the latest emissions standards
through the just launched Bus 18 initiative.”